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Techniques and photo equipment:

Shooting

By the way, for those interested, I use a wide range of digital and film cameras (Nikon, Pentax and Mamiya medium format, Fuji GX 617 panoramic (90, 180, 300 mm) and an Ebony SW45 large format camera. My lenses go from 14 mm to 500 mm Nikon, Pentax, Mamiya, Fuji, Schneider). Technical challenges and diverse cameras are among the joys of photography to me and I hope film (and particularly Velvia, this beautiful "velvet media") will survive the trend towards an all-digital world.

In favor of digital (I currently use a Nikon D3 and a D700), there is ease of use, speed, compactness and flexibility (immediate control of the outcome and exposure, access to high sensitivity). It would be difficult to do without it for wildlife, sports, and a number of other applications. Also it is of great use in any workshop. Against it, the raw results are often very flat and disappointing, there is a need for tedious post-processing work on a large number of images, and sometimes colors and feel are way off in landscape photography, producing rather "false" images.

Concerning film, I appreciate its greater fidelity to the available light and colors, its natural contrast (which often translate in very little or no post-processing), and also I think I really love to have an original, a photographic object in my hands. A well-exposed 6x17 cm original on a light table provides a kind of satisfaction I can hardly find in front of my monitor. The problem is then that a very nice original must be "translated" digitally - it is very often at this stage that the excellent amount of information present in the original may be degraded.

Scanning and image processing:

To avoid this, I scan my originals with the best currently available professional scanner, the Hasselblad X5, for perfect results in very high definition. Some scanned images can be more than 20 000 px long and weigh over 400 Mo... I have also used in the past another very good pro scanner, the Nikon 9000 ED Medium Format, which has provided very nice results too.

Nikon D3 Panoramic Fuji GX 617 Ebony SW 45 hasselblad_x5
Nikon D3 (digital full frame) Fuji GX 617 (6x17 cm) Ebony SW45 (4x5 pouces) Scanner Hasselblad X5

This high-end X5 scanner (Virtual drum technology patented by Imacon) is used by the best photo agencies. For maximum performance my own scanner is calibrated using a 4x5 large format slide target (individually measured), to further optimize dynamic and color accuracy of the scanner.

My digital files (RAW files always) are developed with Capture One Pro, an excellent software by Phase One, No. 1 in medium format backs, or with Lightroom 3, an excellent solution too. Lightroom 3 has very practical cataloging functions, but not quite extensive enough, so I generally use a standalone solution, iView Media Pro (now Media Pro by Phase One) for cataloging, captioning and archiving the most part of my pictures.

 

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